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Meet J Ro

J Ro's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

J Ro

J Ro (he/him) is a 28-year-old Black trans man who is midway through the process of getting bottom surgery. He is a vocal supporter for trans and queer people of color like himself through working in professional and personal advocacy. However, the funding to sustain this work has been inconsistent. From being an essential worker throughout the pandemic and supporting his family, J Ro has sought out every avenue of aid to allow him to receive the medical care he needs to finally be comfortable in his own skin.

"My bottom surgery is a 4-step process: the need to finish has never felt more pressing than right now," J Ro shares. "The discomfort I feel with my body as it is strains my mental and physical health. Electrolysis will help eliminate the risk of complications and clear me for the next stage on my journey." J Ro has spent his adult life advocating for the intersectionality of the queer and trans community in the black and brown communities, with the goal to be a safe space for those who are in the beginning of their transitions especially trans masculine individuals.

J Ro's timeline

  • Award Granted

    June 29, 2023

    J Ro was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    July 18, 2023

    A payment has been made toward J Ro's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    October 5, 2023

    A payment has been made toward J Ro's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    October 11, 2023

    A payment has been made toward J Ro's permanent hair removal!
  • Update

    July 5, 2024

    J Ro had his surgery on Nov 9, 2023 and no longer needs electrolysis. While he's still working through some complications from his procedure, he has decided to forfeit the remainder of his award, allowing Point of Pride to invest the money in a future electrolysis support recipient.

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

On average, it costs $2,300+ for J Ro's care.

What is it?

Point of Pride provides grants to trans femme people seeking hair removal on their face, neck, or an area of the body in preparation for bottom surgery.

What is life like for a person who needs this care?

For trans femme folks, particularly trans femmes of color, access to facial hair removal often equates to safety against anti-trans violence or discrimination. It's common for applicants to note issues with employment and public safety, particularly if their facial hair is dark or thick. Electrolysis and laser hair removal services are often deemed cosmetic and therefore not covered by health insurance plans.

What is the impact of this care on the recipient’s life?

Access to hair removal often leads to a more positive emotional well-being, increased confidence, increased safety when in public, and better opportunities at employment and more.